Rehabilitation/Mobility Instructor Trainee

Posted: July 08, 2024

Company: Illinois Department of Human Services

Employer Type: Government

Position Type: Full Time

Job Type: Rehabilitation counseling

Experience Level: Entry Level

Certification Required: Masters

Education Required: Masters


County: MACON

Location: Decatur, IL, US, 62526

Job Requisition ID: 38862

Agency : Department of Human Services

Closing Date/Time: 07/16/2024
Job Type: Salaried
County: Macon
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: RC063

Position Overview

The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is the state’s lead division serving people with disabilities committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and racial justice. The mission of the Division is to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving their goals of employment, education, and independent living. This position will receive formal and informal training not to exceed twelve months to be able to provide professional instruction and counseling in independent living skills to individuals who are Blind, Visually Impaired or DeafBlind in the Bureau of Customer and Community Blind Services Field Offices with customers in their home environment and/or group or classroom setting. The Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking to hire a self-motivated and detail-oriented individual with good communication skills.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Participates in an agency-sponsored training program of six (6) to twelve (12) months duration.
  2. Completes work assignments designed to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills consistent with the provision of services to individuals who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or DeafBlind.
  3. Assumes increasing responsibility for customers assigned.
  4. Attends and participates in staff meetings and formal trainings. Attends new employee orientation.
  5. Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Requires a master's degree with major coursework in rehabilitation, rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation teaching, guidance and counseling, orientation and mobility, low vision and blindness, special education, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. One (1) year of professional experience providing instruction on independent living skills to persons who are blind, visually impaired, or DeafBlind.
  2. One (1) year of professional experience assessing individual needs and implementing a plan of services for individuals with disabilities to live independently and/or gain competitive employment.
  3. One (1) year professional experience establishing trusting relationships and communicating clearly and effectively with customers, family members, coworkers, providers, and employers.
  4. One (1) year of professional experience working with federal statutes related to rehabilitation programs such as the Rehabilitation Act and amendments, the Social Security Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Workforce Innovative Opportunities Act (WIOA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.
  5. One (1) year of professional experience utilizing and remaining up to date on accessible techniques and adaptive technology to train individuals who are visually impaired, blind, and/or DeafBlind.
  6. One (1) year of professional experience utilizing, reading, and writing braille.

Conditions of Employment

  1. Requires ability to travel to provide services in the customer’s home, residential setting or group setting as well as in the build environment.
  2. Requires ability to physically access the customer’s home environment and/or work environment and use public transportation.

*All conditions of employment listed are incorporated and related to any of the job duties as listed in the job description.

Work Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday

Work Location: 757 W Pershing Rd, Decatur, Illinois, 62526

Division of Rehabilitation Services

Customer and Community Blind Services

Region 4
Agency Contact:

Posting Group: Social Services

About the Agency:

The Illinois Department of Human Services serves families in need across Illinois. Our mission is providing equitable access to social services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve. We are committed to the core values of Human Dignity, Equity, Community, Urgency, Transparency and Kindness.

As a State of Illinois Employee, you will receive a robust benefit package that includes the following:

• A Pension Program

• Competitive Group Insurance Benefits including Health, Life, Dental and Vision Insurance

• 3 Paid Personal Business Days annually

• 12 Paid Sick Days annually (Sick days carry over from year to year)

• 10-25 Days of Paid Vacation time annually - (10 days in year one of employment)

*Personal, Sick, & Vacation rates modified for 12-hour & part-time work schedules (as applicable)

• 13 Paid Holidays annually, 14 on even numbered years

• Flexible Work Schedules (when available dependent upon position)

• 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

• Deferred Compensation Program - A supplemental retirement plan

• Optional Pre-Tax Programs such as Medical Care Assistance Plan (MCAP), Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP)

• GI Bill® Training/Apprenticeship Benefits eligibility for qualifying Veterans

• 5% Salary Differential for Bilingual Positions

• Commuter Savings Program (Chicago only)

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